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Gujarat Hooch Tragedy: Spurious Liquor Took Away 33 Lives In Dry Gujarat

Gujarat Hooch Tragedy: Spurious Liquor Took Away 33 Lives In Dry Gujarat

In Gujarat, the death toll due to the consumption of spurious liquor has reached 33. According to preliminary findings, doctors have confirmed the presence of highly poisonous methyl alcohol in the consumed liquor. The police have identified and registered FIRs against 14 persons in connection with the liquor supply and production.

The investigation officers reported, “Some small-time bootleggers from different villages in the Botad district are involved in producing and supplying the spurious liquor”. These bootleggers prepared spurious liquor or hooch by mixing water with methanol and sold that to villagers for Rs 20 per pouch.

 The liquor tragedy came to light on Monday morning when some residents of Rojid village in Botad and nearby regions were admitted to government hospitals in the Barvala area and Botad towns in ill conditions. 

“The police has registered three FIRs against 14 culprits under sections 302 (murder), 328 (causing hurt by poison), and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC”, said Ashish Bhatia, Director General of Police (DGP). He added, “Among the culprits, six persons have been arrested so far”.

Defence Acquisition Council Approves Arms Procurement Worth 28,732 Crore

The Defence Ministry, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, approved the procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 28,732 crores. The approved instruments include swarm drones, carbines, and bulletproof jackets. 

According to a statement released by the Defence Ministry, “ The Acceptance of Necessity [AoN] for capital acquisition proposals of the armed forces amounting to ₹28,732 crores were accorded by the DAC”. 

The DAC nodded to the new procurement proposals amid India’s two-year-long border row with China in eastern Ladakh.

The ministry said, “The approval to procure four lakh close quarter battle carbines was granted to combat the ‘current complex paradigm of conventional and hybrid warfare’. The procurement process will provide a major impetus to India’s small arms manufacturing industry and will enhance AtmaNirbharta (self-reliance) in the small arms segment ”.

The statement added, “Considering the demand for enhancing the security of our troops deployed along the borders against enemy snipers’ threat, and in close combat operations in counter-terrorism scenario, the DAC accorded AoN for bulletproof jackets with Indian Standard BIS VI level of protection”.

Two BSF Personnel Killed In A Protest In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, who were part of the United Nations Peace Keeping contingent, were killed in a protest that erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a BSF spokesperson said.

According to official statements, “On Monday, local people had given a call for protest against MONUSCO, the French acronym for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo”. 

“Throughout Monday, the protest remained calm. However, on Tuesday, the situation turned violent in Butembo. The demonstrators surrounded the camp of Morroco Rapid Deployment, where the BSF platoon is stationed. As the situation started worsening, Congolese Police (PNC) and Congolese Army (FARDC) came to the site but could not control the crowd of over 500 people”, the official said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar condemned the death of soldiers from his official Twitter account. He tweeted, “Deeply grieved at the loss of lives of two valiant Indian peacekeepers of the BSF in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were part of MONUSCO. The perpetrators of these outrageous attacks must be held accountable and brought to justice. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families”. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 14,830 New Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.47%

According to the latest data from the union health ministry, India has recorded 18,313 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active cases in the country currently stands at 1,45,026. Meanwhile, the nation has registered 20,742 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,32,67,571. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 4.31% and 4.57%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 87.36 crore Covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 202.79 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive, out of which 93.08 crore and 7.81crore are second doses and precautionary doses, respectively.

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